Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to a majority of those who viewed the Adidas Flashback Winter, the shoe is beautifully designed. One described the shoe as “very pretty and looks even better in person.”
  • The shoe is really comfortable and easy to walk in, many users say. One person remarked that the material is softer than she thought and her pair are the best trainers she’s had in a long time.
  • Several customers noted the shoe’s high quality. They wrote that the shoe was made with an excellent eye for detail.
  • The colorways of the Flashback Winter got a few mentions as well, from buyers who liked the color combinations.
  • The shoe is lightweight, according to some testers. They reported that the shoe is so light it felt like walking barefoot.
  • The shoe is worth the money, one buyer said.
  • One reviewer found the Flashback Winter breathable and relatively warm in 20-30 degree weather.
  • A consumer commented that she finds the shoe easy to match and pair with most everyday clothes.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Several users were dismayed to find out that the Adidas Flashback Winter is not waterproof despite being advertised as having a waterproof finish. One buyer put the shoe under running water to test it, and the front and sides got soaked quickly.
  • One consumer walked on moist grass and barely five minutes after, her feet got wet through and through.
  • The shoe is difficult to get on and off due to the high sock bit and narrow opening, a number of testers wrote.
  • Some testers reported that the shoe runs a bit small. They said they had to order a half size higher than their standard foot size.
  • A few people were disappointed to note that the Flashback Winter is not suitable for winter especially if there’s sleet.

Bottom line

The Adidas Flashback Winter is a beautifully-styled shoe that is also comfortable, light, well-ventilated, and goes well with most outfits—getting all the characteristics of a good shoe. It runs a bit small, but that can be easily remedied by ordering a pair at least a half size larger. However, the shoe is designed to be waterproof but fails waterproofing tests; a huge fail on the part of Adidas.

Facts

Base model: Adidas Flashback
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Flashback
Price: $100
Colorways: Pink
Special editions: 2 special editions
Size
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The Flashback Winter is a mid-top women’s shoe and is available in sizes ranging from 5 to 11, with half sizes offered. The shoe runs small so buyers may need to size up.

The Flashback Winter has such an easygoing style that it’s not difficult to pair with any casual outfit. The shoe looks good with leggings, yoga pants, rolled denim, frayed jeans, short skirts, and capri pants.

The shoe’s distinctive silhouette which hearkens back to the ‘good old days’ is one of its most notable features. The shoe’s removable Ortholite cushioned insole, waterproof finish, and contemporary lace construction adds to its special appeal.

The Adidas Flashback Winter is based on the silhouette of the Adidas Dragon, a classic running shoe that was originally released in 1971. The Dragon was the among the first running shoes to have an upper made of nylon. It was also a little lighter and flatter than the other Adidas classics which had thicker soles and heavier upper linings.

A few years after its release, Adidas revamped the Dragon’s design by adding a toe cap and a rubber toe bumper. This new and updated silhouette proved to be highly popular and influenced the design of newer Adidas footwear which included the Flashback.

The Flashback debuted in December of 2016 in two colorways: black and pink. The model carried that old-school silhouette but had that modern feel through its metallic upper knit with shiny Lurex thread. It also had a faux leather heel patch and suede heel overlay. A winter edition, the Flashback Winter, came out after. This shoe had a suede and mesh upper and a waterproof finish to make it suitable for winter wear.

  • The Flashback Winter features a serrated rubber outsole, mesh upper, suede heel overlay, and mesh lining.
  • EVA midsole gives the shoe protective cushioning.
  • Has a slip-on sock fit and flexible sawtooth tread.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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